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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010

Contemporary Screen

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Fri, Apr 22, 2011 7 PM
Sat, Apr 23, 2011 7 PM

"Mysterious, dreamlike, gentle, quiet, magical.… It has something sublime and visionary about it, with a spiritual quality I can't remember seeing in any film recently."—The Guardian

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival (from a jury headed by Tim Burton), Uncle Boonmee is a magical, surreal trip through the mind of a man in the countryside of Thailand contemplating reincarnation at the end of his life. Surrounded by loved ones and caretakers, he is visited by the spirits of his deceased wife and long-lost son (the latter in the form of a giant monkey ghost). During his travels through the jungle to a remote hilltop cave, he sees what might be his previous lives pass before him.

Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (known to most as "Joe") has been voted the most important filmmaker of the past decade in several critics' polls. Weerasethakul was the 2004–05 recipient of the Wexner Center Residency Award in media arts, and a number of his films have screened at the Wex in the past. (113 mins., 35mm)